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The Surgeon General in her 2011 Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding describes that “in 2004 more than 70 percent of women of childbearing age were in the civilian labor force.” Studies show employed women are less likely to initiate breastfeeding and breastfeed for shorter amounts of time unless their employers offer longer maternity leaves, part-time work (instead of full time), and breastfeeding supportive workplaces. State and federal laws require employers to provide workplace accommodation for nursing employees to express their milk. This webpage contains information about the laws and resources to assist employers and mothers.